Crater girls pull away in second half to beat Ashland
ASHLAND — Using a 10-0 run that spanned from late in the third quarter to in the early fourth, the Crater girls basketball team pulled away from Ashland to claim a 58-37 win in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium on Friday night.
The Grizzlies, who led 14-13 after the first quarter, trailed 36-28 before the Comets went on to score the next 10 points and put the game completely out of reach.
Junior guards Maya Van Hook and Sydney Gray finished with a game-high 14 points and were two of three Comets to finish in double figures. Alexus Woodard added 12 points while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds in the win.
For Ashland, freshman wing Jayd Sollinger once again paced the Grizzlies offensively with a team-high 10 points.
Ashland sophomore guard Nina Munson added eight points, while senior guard Mya Elder-Hammond and freshman post Kendyl Abel each had seven.
Ashland closes out the season at home against Marist Catholic at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
CRATER (58): Westbrook 2, Dance 0, Idiart 5, Van Hook 14, Ryerson 1, Robison 4, Duran-Espino 0, Gray 14, Ellis 2, Bowers 2, A. Woodard 12, Young 2, K. Woodard 0. Totals: 24 8-13 58.
ASHLAND (37): Altig 0, Voskes 2, Sollinger 10, Gorringe 0, LaCoste 0, Munson 8, Elder-Hammond 7, Summers 0, Witnauer 0, Rodriguez 4, Abel 7. Totals: 15 4-7 37.
3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Sollinger 2, Munson 1), Crater 2 (Idiart 1, A. Woodard 1).
JV result — Crater won.
CRATER 69, ASHLAND 38: At Ashland, Crater led from start to finish as it claimed the outright MWL title with a win over Ashland at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.
The Comets (22-1, 12-1) clinched a share of the league crown last Friday night with their win over 52-42 win over Marist Catholic. Tuesday night, Crater earned the full share.
Comets senior guard Mason Vranes scored a game-high 23 points and hit four of his team’s six 3-pointers in the game. Senior wing Kiefer Edwards also had a big night, finishing with 20 points in the win.
Freshman forward Nathan Bittle added 11 points for the Comets.
Despite the loss, Ashland (7-16, 3-10) remained in a tie for sixth place in the MWL with North Eugene thanks to the Highlanders’ 67-27 loss to Thurston on Tuesday night.
The MWL’s sixth-place finisher will play the No. 3 seed from the Mid-Willamette League in one of next Wednesday’s eight play-in games for the OSAA Class 5A state tournament.
For Ashland, guards KJ Pippa and Anthony Swanson both had a team-high 10 points, while Joseph Wallner-Sentle added nine.
Ashland wraps up the regular season with a 6:15 p.m. contest against Marist Catholic at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium on Friday night.
CRATER (69): J. Vranes 2, Horton 6, M. Vranes 23, Archer 1, Hollingsworth 0, Ki. Edwards 20, Kr. Edwards 2, Weaver 1, Stollings 1, Bittle 11. Totals: 25 12-15 69.
ASHLAND (38): Pippa 10, Swanson 10, Wallner-Sentle 9, Ekwall 0, Hanks 0, A. Jones 6, Shibley 0, Smith 0, Desmond 0, Saulsbury 3, C. Jones 0. Totals: 13 5-10 38.
3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Pippa 2, Swanson 1, Wallner-Sentle 1, A. Jones 2, Saulsbury 1), Crater 6 (M. Vranes 4, Horton 2).
JV result — Crater won.
SOUTHERN OREGON 99, WARNER PACIFIC 80: At Ashland, senior guard Remi Mejia scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half and junior forward Ariel Augustine recorded a double-double as the No. 11-ranked Raiders pulled away for a blowout win in the opening round of the Cascade Conference tournament at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.
SOU (26-3 overall), the No. 2 seed in the CCC field, will face third-seeded Northwest Christian (23-5) in the semifinal round at 8:30 p.m. in Ashland on Friday night.
The Raiders swept the regular-season series against the Beacons, who are currently ranked No. 17 in the nation.
Augustine finished with 22 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to record her second double-double in as many games.
SOU, which trailed 26-24 after the first quarter, outscored Warner Pacific 24-8 in the second period to build a double-digit lead.
That’s where it stayed the rest of the night.
Mejia and Augustine, the only two Raiders to score in double figures on Tuesday night, combined to hit nine of Southern Oregon’s 13 3-pointers.
SOU senior point guard Toria Bradford scored nine points and had a team-high seven assists, while junior forward Destinee Jones had eight points off the bench.
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